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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS - IN PERSON

 

GET BACK TIME BY FOREFRONTING SCIENCE

Peggy Harte, UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science
Participants will explore the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) and look at ways the EP&Cs have been integrated into other content area frameworks. This workshop will highlight ways in which elementary teachers can plan for science even with limited time by forefronting science within integrated lessons. Participants will leave with a co-designed grade level resource to allow for integrated unit planning that places science at the core.
Designed for Grades: K-5

USING BALLOON ROCKET CARS TO INVESTIGATE IMPULSE AND MOMENTUM

Steven Ramsay, Laguna Creek High School
Participants will use the engineering design process to make a car powered by balloons. They will attempt to have their car travel the farthest distance. Participants will then collect data and use it to investigate Newton's second law and impulse-momentum theorem.
Designed for Grades: 9-12

THE SCIENCE OF EXTREME WEATHER (PART 1 OF 3)

Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
In this three-part series (you must sign up for all three), you will learn the science of extreme weather. Part 1 (October) will focus on air pressure, pressure centers, and air masses. Part 2 (November) will focus on understanding regional climate patterns and hurricanes. Part 3 (December) will focus on climate change and extreme weather.
Designed for Grades: 6-12

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS - IN PERSON

 
UNDERGROUND STORIES: EXPLORING THE ROLE OF INVERTEBRATES IN DECOMPOSITION AND SOIL BUILDING

Lorie Hammond, Director, Peregrine School; Professor Emerita, CSU Sacramento
In this workshop, I will share work we have done in the classroom and garden, and we'll do some hands-on work with actual invertebrates and soil. We will explore live worms and you'll learn how to make a worm compost bin. We will explore ways to do a species count in different soils in your garden. Later, we will look at the lives of "shady" insects like earwigs and isopods.
Designed for Grades: 9-12

PLACE YOUR BETS! ENGAGING YOUR STUDENTS WITH PREDICTIONS AND GUESSES

Scott Richardson, Davis Senior High
Imagine students watching the science experiment that you have just set up. But before you run the experiment, you pause and ask the students, “What do you think will happen?” That simple question can be quite powerful, if you leverage it well. In this workshop we will demonstrate a myriad of ways to engage your students more in your lessons by having them make predictions and guesses. We will see how guessing/predicting can make a lesson more interesting and also help students learn and remember the concepts more deeply.
Designed for Grades: 7-12

THE SCIENCE OF EXTREME WEATHER (PART 2 OF 3)

Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
In this three-part series (you must sign up for all three), you will learn the science of extreme weather. Part 1 (October) will focus on air pressure, pressure centers, and air masses. Part 2 (November) will focus on understanding regional climate patterns and hurricanes. Part 3 (December) will focus on climate change and extreme weather.
Designed for Grades: 6-12

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS - IN PERSON

 

Salmon & Trout—The Perils of Our Local Waterways

Lisa Hegdahl, McCaffrey Middle School
Participants will explore portions of a 3-dimensional, 4th grade learning sequence that engages students in a Central Valley environmental phenomenon. Experience our local waterways from the perspective of salmon and trout and consider the impact of human population growth on the fish populations. This learning sequence was written to accompany the California Aquarium Education Program (from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) but can be taught on its own.
Designed for Grades: 3-5

BUILDING THE PERIODIC TABLE

Corinne Rushing, West Campus High and Nick Bua, Monterey Trail High School
Participants will engage in a hands-on activity using card manipulatives to discover how the Periodic Table is organized based on patterns. Participants will engage in a student activity that models a similar process that Mendeleev went through in using element properties and characteristics to organize the Periodic Table.
Designed for Grades: 3-5

THE SCIENCE OF EXTREME WEATHER (PART 3 OF 3)

Amy Burke, Laguna Creek High School
In this three-part series (you must sign up for all three), you will learn the science of extreme weather. Part 1 (October) will focus on air pressure, pressure centers, and air masses. Part 2 (November) will focus on understanding regional climate patterns and hurricanes. Part 3 (December) will focus on climate change and extreme weather.
Designed for Grades: 6-12

OCTOBER WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

DEFINING THE IMPLICIT IN IMPLICIT BIAS

Amy Kraft, Sacramento County Office of Education
What is implicit bias? How does it impact science classrooms? Come experience a lesson sequence that uncovers some of your own implicit biases and provides opportunities to reflect on the importance of developing common phenomena-based experiences with which to support science instruction.
Designed for Grades: K-12

INFUSING ANTI-RACISM INTO A THERMAL ENERGY UNIT

Judi Kusnick, Professor Emerita, CSU Sacramento
How can we teach science with an anti-racism perspective? In this workshop, you'll get an overview of a unit on thermal energy that includes a number of strategies for culturally responsive teaching. The unit is constructed around a community inequity, with a focus on an engineering-based solution. Participants will experience two lessons from the unit, and will recieve a list of anti-racist teaching strategies that can be incorporated into any lesson or unit.
Designed for Grades: 6+

RETHINKING THE CARBON CYCLE FOR THE LIVING EARTH COURSE

Rich Hedman, Sacramento Area Science Project
Explore phenomena related to the movement of carbon from one reservoir to another and develop a model of how carbon flows (and is stored) in Earth’s systems. Quantify the model and consider the impact of human activity.
Designed for Grades: 6-12

NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

LEADING A GROUP DISCUSSION: ELICITING STUDENTS' IDEAS ABOUT PHENOMENA

Jenna Porter and Corinne Lardy, Sacramento State
As instructors, we are excited to be back together and having students talk! But what are the best ways to structure whole-group discussions in the science classroom? How do we ensure that discussions are equitable and promote justice? This workshop will explore research-based strategies to guide planning and enacting productive group discussions with the goal of eliciting student thinking about phenomena.
Designed for Grades: K-12

GRADING PRACTICES THAT REFLECT THE LEARNER AND THE EDUCATOR

Melissa Marcucci, Ceres High School
Participants will discuss different grading practices, their accuracy, bias, and structured motivation for students to learn. In addition, participants will explore a standards-based method of assessment and ideas for how to implement it in an NGSS-driven classroom.
Designed for Grades: K-12

USING DIGITAL NOTEBOOKS TO TRACK STUDENT THINKING

Hannah Perkins, Da Vinci Jr. High
This workshop will cover how to create digital notebooks using Google Slides in order to engage students, track thinking, and develop models. This year I'm using digital notebooks with my in-person students and it's going great! We will also cover how to plan lesson sequences for digital notebooks and what a week as a student in my class looks and feels like. Digital notebooks can be used in distance, hybrid, and in-person learning settings.
Designed for Grades: 7-12

DECEMBER WORKSHOPS - VIA ZOOM

 

SUPPORTING ENGLISH LEARNERS IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

Kelli Quan, Science Program Specialist, EGUSD
How can we engage our English Learner (aka Multilingual) students in sensemaking and the NGSS? Learn how to increase student participation in the science and engineering practices while also addressing the English language development standards.
Designed for Grades: 3-12

STUDENT COLLABORATION ON REAL-LIFE DATASETS WITH DESMOS

Brian Ellis, Vista del Lago High School
Participants will work together on Desmos to graph and interpret larger sets of data that students will see in the NGSS standards, such as star brightness versus luminosity, or animal migration patterns. Participants will experience the teacher backend of the Desmos website, and have time to brainstorm and/or develop online lessons.
Designed for Grades: 6-12

FOREST FIRES: CALIFORNIA'S CLIMATE CHANGE FEEDBACK LOOP

Arlene Laurison, Sheldon High School
Explore the relationship between climate change, California's drought, and forest fires. This workshop will focus on guided, student-driven investigation that increases student engagement. With an emphasis on experimentation and data analysis, participants will investigate phenomena, create models, and generate explanations.
Designed for Grades: 7-12